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International Week at 2018 organised by the Language Department

Care
In MFL we care deeply about our pupils’ wellbeing and their understanding and acceptance of other cultures and the wider community.  This ethos is nurtured both in the classroom through sensitive and supportive teaching and learning, and out of the classroom, most notably through our international links with exchange programmes and foreign visits.  We also celebrate language and culture of our EAL students by encouraging qualifications to be taken in home languages and through the school’s International Week. We use a variety of authentic materials to enhance the learning experience of our students and their appreciation of cultural differences

Contribute
In MFL, pupils are encouraged to contribute in lessons through positive teaching and a strong emphasis on rewards.  Older pupils support younger ones through our mentor scheme, and sixth form and former pupils also assist with key stage 3 classes in their free time as part of their school enrichment programme. Language Societies run in all 3 languages as well as lunchtime clubs. Wider MFL learning opportunities are often promoted to encourage contribution beyond the curriculum, such as the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition and Juvenes Translatores and the UK Linguistics Olympiad. All pupils are encouraged to contribute to International Week in as many ways as possible.

Challenge
Students are challenged in their MFL learning, not only through informed teaching in the classroom but also through use of authentic materials and links with native speakers, for example with the year 9 &10 pen pals scheme in Spanish, use of the foreign exchange students in the classroom and the Fairy Tales project with Peru. The range of projects that pupils undertake across the three languages challenge performance, spontaneity and confidence in the language.

If you require any further details, please contact:
Ms Whitehouse, Head of Languages

How It Works

French, German and Spanish are offered to GCSE and A-level. In Year 7, pupils study German and Spanish for two hours per fortnight and French for three hours per fortnight. Girls can then opt to continue with two languages into year 8 and year 9. All pupils must take at least one modern foreign language at GCSE, but many opt for two. We follow the AQA course for both GCSE and A-level.  Following the success of our after school club in Portuguese we also have a few girls studying towards their GCSE Portuguese. At A-level we are fortunate enough to have three qualified teachers who are native speakers and who offer 30 minute speaking sessions to smaller groups of girls on a weekly basis.

GCSE Exam Specification Links

Popularity

Languages are a popular choice in the sixth form, and are often studied alongside sciences as well as other arts based subjects.  Pupils often continue in their studies of French, German and Spanish but also enjoy taking up new languages at university such as Russian, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese and Polish, or as part of other courses such as Law, Medicine, Chemistry and Business.  We maintain good links with our alumnae and year 9 have enjoyed reading a blog by two of our former Hispanists whilst they were on their year abroad in Spain: http://lggsspanishblog.wordpress.com

Useful Links

Below is a list of websites which are useful for practising all languages.  For language specific sites, go to the individual language pages.


General







 

www.wordreference.com
An excellent online dictionary and language forum for French, German and Spanish.
www.verbix.com
Conjugates verbs into all tenses.
www.puzzlemaker.com
Make yourself some vocabulary puzzles with this site.
www.zut.org.uk
An excellent site for all levels and languages, although only free between 4pm and 9am

KS3/KS4














 

www.linguascope.com
A very good website for practising vocabulary, with interactive activities, worksheets and wordlists. Ask your teacher for the username and password.
www.languagesonline.org.uk
Interactive self-marking exercises.
www.bbc.co.uk/languages
A BBC website designed to help you improve your languages. You could even teach yourself a bit of Italian or Portuguese!
www.hellomylo.com
An interactive resource created by the government to make learning languages more fun. Use it to practise your languages and create an account to compete with other students across the country!
www.funwithlanguages.vacau.com
Wide range of games to practise the vocabulary covered in your textbook.
http://www.yjc.org.uk/
Good website of mainly vocabulary games divided by topic in Spanish, German and Polish! It also has a great websites list for more useful links.

KS4 GCSE Revision




 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/
Part of the GCSE Bitesize course, tailored to help you revise effectively for the reading and speaking examinations.
http://revisionworld.co.uk/gcse-revision
Topic based revision for GCSE including listening & reading exercises in French and German.
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages Use this website to access past GCSE papers for your reading and listening examinations.

KS5
 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages
Access previous past papers.

www.my.dynamic-learning.co.uk
Learning platform for A-level text book (for 2018 entry)

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